Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 188 pages
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Provides a history of cinematography from Leonardo da Vinci's description of the camera obscura in 1500, through the movie palaces of the early twentieth century, focusing on the technical equipment and supplies used in the industry.

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BEFORE HOLLYWOOD: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen

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In this lively chronicle of the creative ferment that led up to the invention and industry of motion pictures, Clee describes a host of ingenious devices. It's all here, from the camera obscura (first ... Read full review


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Paul Clee has been a college instructor of English, humanities, and photography. His book Photography and the Making of the American West (Linnet Books/Shoe String Press) was named a 2004 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. He lives in Eureka, California.

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